— Tony Hawk may not be the most prominent Academy Awards presenter, but he has a new film coming out. “Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off,” a documentary about the life of a professional skateboarder, debuted Tuesday on HBO Max and on HBO. It’s directed by Sam Jones, who made Wilco’s 2002 documentary “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” and it spans the entire career of the 53-year-old skateboarder as he tries to understand his still-strong obsession to be as good as ever. “Tony competes with Tony,” says fellow skateboarder Lance Mountain in the film. “He’s always competing with Tony.”
— Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, who made Oscar-winning “Free Solo” and last year’s non-fiction film “The Rescue,” this time set their sights higher on “Return to Space.” The documentary, which premieres Friday on Netflix, is about Elon Musk’s SpaceX and his efforts to change space travel.
— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
— Camila Cabello, last year’s Cinderella, is all about this week’s musical magic. She released her third studio album, “Familia,” on Friday, April 8. The three-time Grammy nominee has offered a glimpse of the music to come by teaming up again with Ed Sheeran for the salsa-influenced “Bam Bam.” Cabello has also released the album track “Oh Na Na,” which features Myke Towers, and the lead single “Don’t Go Yet.” The day before the album’s release, he’ll be performing songs from it as part of a live TikTok concert — “Familia: Welcome to the Family” airs at 7 p.m. ET on the TikTok Cabello channel.
— Jack White has not one but two albums slated for 2022, the first of which is “Fear of the Dawn,” out Friday, April 8, with the title track using fuzzed-out guitars, slamming drums and sound effects pushed to 11 Another early preview is “Hi-De-Ho,” his splendid collaboration with the A Tribe Called Quest Q-Tip head figure that mixes electronically enhanced rock with a salute to jazz hero Cab Calloway. Don’t dawdle: White has a second album, “Entering Heaven Alive,” due for release on July 22. To get in the mood for the album, listen to the single “Queen of the Bees.”
— AP Entertainment writer Mark Kennedy
— We all know we think we know Ben Franklin: diplomat, kite-flyer, very good at proverbs (“one penny saved….”). Enter Ken Burns, whose two-part, four-hour PBS documentary “Benjamin Franklin” dives into the life and work of the Founding Fathers who lived during a period of extraordinary social, political and scientific change and helped propel it. Franklin even set the template for future humorists like Mark Twain, according to the documentary directed by Burns and written by Dayton Duncan (“Country Music,” “The National Parks”). Mandy Patinkin provides the voice for Franklin in the film that premieres Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, on PBS station (check local listings for times).
— Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe star in “Tokyo Vice,” an HBO Max crime drama described as “loose” inspired by Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir, “Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan.” Elgort plays Adelstein, who finds himself immersed in 1990s Tokyo, “where nothing and nobody is really what or who they are,” as HBO curiously put it. The series was filmed in Tokyo, so it’s also an armchair adventure. “Tokyo Vice,” created and written by Tony-winning screenwriter JT Rogers (“Oslo”), debuted Thursday, April 7, with three episodes on the streaming service, with two episodes releasing the following Thursday through to the April 28 finale.
— Celebrities try to confuse each other with stories that may or may not be true in “Would I Lie To You?” based on the British hit series of the same name. Actor-writer-comedian Aasif Mandvi (“Evil”) is hosting the series, which debuts on Saturday, April 9, with Matt Walsh (“Veep”) and Canadian comedian Sabrina Jalees as opposing team captains. Among this season’s guests: Brooke Shields, Amber Ruffin, Laura Benanti, Michael Ian Black, Jordan Klepper and Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of New York. Legal advice, anyone?
— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
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